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Soldier of Southwestern Virginia: The Civil War Letters of Captain John Preston Sheffey

by Robertson, Jr., James I., Editor
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Retail Price: $39.95
Issue: Winter 2005
ISBN: 0807130133

Pres Sheffey's letters trace the young man's experiences with war and love. The native of Marion, Virginia, was active in secessionist activities at the outset of the war and spoke at political rallies. The object of Sheffey's affection, Josephine Spiller, encouraged his courting, but the onset of war delayed their marriage and prolonged the courtship for six years while he rose in rank, was imprisoned, and released around the time of Lee's surrender.

review of Soldier of Southwestern Virginia: The Civil War Letters of Captain John Preston Sheffey, by Robertson, Jr., James I., Editor, Civil War Book Review, (Winter 2005).